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The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Bright Blue receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.15 - significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.50. The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK.…
Thursday, 27 August 2015 06:57

The Government needs new immigration targets

In advance of the next official quarterly figures on net migration, Bright Blue urges the Government to abandon the net migration target in favour of a target on non-EU gross migration, and calls for new tough rules if the Government fails to meet its targets. Ryan Shorthouse, Director of Bright Blue, said: "The Conservative Government needs to develop a strong…
MONDAY 16th MARCH 2015 Speech to Bright Blue: A winning formula for young people It is a real pleasure to be able to take part in this Bright Blue conference focusing on the challenges and opportunities facing young people in modern Britain, not least because my boss is now the hon president of Bright Blue. As someone who regards himself as a liberal Conservative I’m a keen supporter of the work of Bright Blue. Two of Bright Blue’s defining principles are key to my view of politics: “optimism about human potential” and “enthusiasm for the future”. I strongly believe there…
TUESDAY 10th MARCH 2015 Speech to Bright Blue: Preparing young people for life in modern Britain The last time I spoke at one of these I made waves by saying I thought our Party needed to talk a bit more about what we’re for than what we’re against. You might not think that a particularly remarkable statement. So perhaps the fact a few journalists wrote it up says much about the impact Bright Blue has had on the political scene and on political debate generally. This is one of the most exciting think tanks around, with an important programme of…
MONDAY 2nd MARCH 2015 Speech to 'A future without poverty' conference: Putting poverty at the heart of the 2015 election Many thanks to the Fabian Society and Bright Blue for organising today’s event and to the Fabians for your important Inequality 2030 report. Thanks are also due to the Webb Memorial Trust for supporting today’s event and for the work that you do to put poverty on the public policy map. Putting the issue on the general election agenda is a shared endeavour between all of you and the Commission on Social Mobility and Child Poverty that I chair. With…
WEDNESDAY 26th NOVEMBER 2014 Speech to Bright Blue: True Modernisation In some Conservative circles modernisation has followed the path of “human rights” and “health and safety”: perfectly sensible concepts which have been distorted over time so that they are now boo words. In the minds of some, Tory modernisers are obsessed by gay marriage and wind farms to the exclusion of the interests of most people. As it happens, I am in favour of gay marriage and well-sited wind farms, but they are not at the centre of political debate. The need to modernise Conservatism, not just as a one-off…
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